Canada Women and Ireland Women are both still searching for their first win of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, and will attempt to get over the line when they lock horns in Perth on Wednesday afternoon (13.00).
The Canadians picked up a point from their opening game against Nigeria after a goalless draw, while the Republic of Ireland were narrowly beaten by the tournament co-hosts Australia.
Wednesday’s encounter will mark the first meeting between the two sides since they faced off in the Cyprus Women’s Cup back in 2014. Canada won the game 2-1 as they went on to secure a fifth-place finish in the competition.
Jessie Fleming was an unused substitute for the Canucks against Nigeria, due to an injury concern that had not been made public, but the Chelsea player is hopeful of featuring this time.
Jordyn Huitema is expected to retain her place up front, and the 22-year-old will be looking to add to the 14 goals she has scored for her country.
As for Ireland, Vera Pauw may be tempted to stick with an unchanged XI despite tasting defeat against Australia, meaning that the Girls in Green will continue to operate out of a back five, with Kyra Carusa leading the line.
Canada to win to nil @ 5/4
Ireland missed plenty of chances in their loss to Australia and that’s symptomatic of a side that lacks a proven scorer at this level.
Their four strikers have scored 10 international goals between them and the Girls in Green have lost four of their last five games to nil.
Canada head into this as firm favourites and they’ve kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 13 victories.
Christine Sinclair to score in 90 minutes @ 7/4
Sinclair seemed destined to make history against Nigeria – she is one of three players to score at five World Cups alongside Marta and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portland Thorns striker was brought down inside the area by Francisca Ordega, however Sinclair missed the resulting penalty, so she will be desperate to make amends here.
Sinclair will have the chance to add to her remarkable tally of 190 international goals on Wednesday and I think backing her to score anytime is the way to go here.